THE JETPACK

13 - Jetpack (20p & paint)

I attached a mouthwash bottle & lid, a soap dispenser (this dispenser was the 20p), and a 2L coke bottle together vertically (gluing and bolting between the lids/bottoms). A McFlurry top went on top of the coke bottle. Most of this lot was painted silver.

For each of the Fuel Cells, I attached 2 cans together end to end and glued the milk bottle caps on the top and bottom. I sanded the cans down to give them a rough bare metal finish. I made the hexagonal tubes from corrugated cardboard (templates from DentedHelmet.com).

I used an old chopping board for the back of the jetpack, and bolted all the bits and pieces to it. I used a few yellow document folders to cover the central bottle, and the plastic covering from a blue folder to cover the tubes and majority of the jetpack back.

I used 2 lengths of pipe lagging to bulk out the middle of the jetpack, and covered the areas between the central bottle and the tubes with some bits of cardboard. I strengthened the whole structure with a couple of strips of plastic (cut from ice-cream boxes), bolted across between the tubes. The red & white sections were drawn on the computer and printed (See 'Decals' section).

Sections of ice-cream boxes were used to finish the top. A pen was pained silver was put in as the aerial thing. I attached keyrings to 2 of the bolts at the back, to attach to the straps so I could wear it.

I used the silver model paint to add scratches and defects around the fuel cells, which really helped to 'age' the pack and make it look more genuine. No-one would expect to see Mr Fett running around with brand-spanking new equipment.

I did make the 2 rockety bits to go on the sides, but when I attached them, I realised that they wouldn’t last 5 minutes in a crowded pub. I didn’t bother adding them.


This is what it was all made from. I used cardboard as the back until I'd decided to use a chopping board.

Basic construction with the yellow document folders in place. The 3 lengths of elastic were just an idea i had which didnt work out.

A close-up with the pipe lagging in place and the plastic strips bolted across the front.

These are the keyrings bolted onto the jetpack for attaching it to my back.

The finished product. Its a pity that i didnt take any more pictures between the last 'keyring' picture and this one, but i'm sure you get the idea.

Update:

Weathering. I've weathered the jetpack several times, each time making it a little more authentic.

I've given it small bursts of brown spraypaint over most of the body, and black at the join between two parts of the neck.

I scribbled over the red milk bottle lids to make them less bright and look a little scuffed. Sadly, the black pen also highlighted the recessed "store upright after opening" lettering on them. Always useful to know with a jetpack.

I even added a Smiley sticker, because we all know that if they had been available a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, there would be one on the jetpack somewhere.

Search your feelings. You know it to be true.


NEXT... THE DECALS

 

INTRO
INTRO
HELMET
HELMET
JUMPSUIT
JUMPSUIT
ARMOUR
ARMOUR
CODPIECE
CODPIECE
GIRTHBELT
GIRTH BELT
BOXBELT
BOX BELT
GUARDS
SHOULDER & KNEE GUARDS
GAUNTLETS
GAUNTLETS
GUN
GUN
SCALPS
WOOKIE SCALPS
CAPE
CAPE
BOOTS
BOOTS
JETPACK
JETPACK
DECALS
DECALS
OUTRO
OUTRO